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Anne Francis

Anne Francis

Anne Francis (also known as Anne Lloyd Francis; September 16, 1930 – January 2, 2011) was an American actress known for her ground-breaking roles in the science fiction film Forbidden Planet (1956) and the television action drama series Honey West (1965–1966). Forbidden Planet marked a first in color, big budget, science-fiction themed motion pictures. Nine years later, Francis shattered female stereotypes in Honey West, in which she played a perky blonde private investigator who was as quick with body slams as witty one-liners. It was the first weekly TV series that featured a woman in the lead role and was named after her character. She earned a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award nomination for her performance.Francis was well known for striking physical assets – long and shapely legs, flowing blonde hair, mesmerizing blue eyes and a trademark mole just to the right of her lower lip. The beauty mark was even written into the script of one of her films. In 2005, TV Guide ranked Francis at No. 18 on its "50 Sexiest Stars of All Time" list.Yet there was far more to the preternaturally poised, immensely talented Francis than mere looks. "Her beauty cloaked her brains without obscuring them," Time magazine eulogized in 2011 shortly after her death. "In one sense, she was a blend of Hollywood's two most popular female types in the ’50s: the bombshell blonds (Marilyn) Monroe and (Jayne) Mansfield — an adolescent's notion of squeaky-voiced sexuality — and smart, slim vixens like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly."
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